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Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot (Marshall, Texas)

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Line(s)  Union Pacific Railroad
Parking  Yes
Phone  +1 800-872-7245
Platforms in use  1
Tracks  2
Opened  20 October 1912
Added to NRHP  31 December 1974
Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot (Marshall, Texas)
Location  800 North Washington Street Marshall, TX 75670 United States
Owned by  Missouri Pacific Railroad (UP)
Connections  Marshall Public Bus System
Address  800 N Washington Ave Suite 2, Marshall, TX 75670, USA
Owner  Missouri Pacific Railroad (UP)
Similar  Marshall Depot Inc, Longview station, Mineola station, The Ginocchio, Michelson Museum of Art

The Texas and Pacific Railway Depot & Museum is a railway depot, museum, and active train station in Marshall, Texas. The Marshall train station is served by Amtrak, the national railroad passenger system, which operates the Texas Eagle through Marshall each day, with service north to Chicago and west-southwest to Dallas, San Antonio and Los Angeles.

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The ticket office in Marshall is staffed 7 days a week from 7am to 10am, and 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Texas & Pacific Railway Depot & Museum

The Texas & Pacific Railway Depot, commonly referred to as the T&P Depot, is the only surviving structure of the Texas and Pacific Railway shops complex which originally consisted of fifty-seven buildings spanning 66 acres (270,000 m2).

The T&P Depot is located in the Ginocchio National Historic District and was built in 1912 to house the T&P passenger station and the headquarters of railroad's eastern district. The building welcomed soldiers in both World War I and World War II, and at its height housed telegraph and immigration offices.

During the 1970s a series of events led to the station being abandoned. Amtrak passenger trains used the building beginning in 1974, however in 1988 the Union Pacific Railroad, which owned the property, filed for a permit to demolish the building. The community intervened and throughout the 1990s worked to save the Depot and the building was restored and resumed service as the local train station; additionally, much of the building houses the Texas & Pacific Railway Museum.

In 2008 T&P Railway #400, a 2-8-2 "Mikado" type steam locomotive (originally built in 1915 for the Fort Worth & Denver City Railway and later acquired by the T&P), was moved to the depot museum grounds from where it had been previously kept for years before in City Park, and restoration work on the engine was completed a couple of years later. The restoration work included rust removal and a new coat of paint, as well as stair access to the cab of the engine for visitors. The locomotive is now accessible to the public during regular museum hours.

Depot's centennial celebration

On October 20, 2012, the T&P Depot marked its centennial anniversary with a major community celebration, including free tours of the depot and museum, live music from a Dixieland jazz band, and a traditional lunch picnic on the depot's east lawn. Union Pacific Railroad also contributed significantly to the festivities by bringing the legendary Union Pacific 844 steam locomotive and the UP 150th Anniversary Heritage Train to Marshall for the occasion, as part of its whistle-stop tour celebrating Union Pacific's 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary. The heritage train with UP 844 and a traveling "museum-on-wheels" baggage car, Promontory, was put on public display at the old T&P rail yard east of the depot, and a free shuttle provided transportation between the depot and the heritage train during the event. The railroad also brought its famous UP No. 956 Mini-Train, which offered free rides around the depot's parking lot.

References

Texas and Pacific Railroad Depot (Marshall, Texas) Wikipedia


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